victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 19 18:00:00 UTC 2010

I completely forgot! Brewer also isolates "To catch a weasel asleep"
as a particular idiomatic expression. OED has it in a cluster of
"proverbial expressions", along with "bit by a barn weasel" and
Dickensonian "as sharp as a ferret, and as cunning as a weazel". Given
that the three have completely different--and unrelated--idiomatic
usage, I wonder about the wisdom of this clustering.

The reason I was inquiring into the connection between South Carolina
and weasels is here:


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